Offensively, the rushing game improved tremendously from the first week. RB-Darren McFadden had 129 yards rushing, and FB-Marcel Reece finally got into the mix with his 15 yard rushing touchdown on the very first drive of the game for Oakland. QB-Terrelle Pryor added his 50 yards of rushing into the mix as well, but the passing game fell flat. Some passes by Pryor were on the mark and the receivers just plain dropped the ball, and some of his passes were thrown behind the intended receiver. Once again, no receiver emerged as the go-to guy for Pryor as WR-Denarius Moore dropped two first down passes, and WR-Rod Streater only caught three passes for a meager 42 yards. Somebody has to step up.
As far as the offensive line is concerned, they showed some improvement in allowing McFadden to create opportunities to get big yardage, but the pass protection broke down on the left side several times. This left Pryor scrambling to create something out of nothing. I’m beginning to think that OL-Lucas Nix is having difficulty maintaining his blocks, and this will be a problem for the offensive line going forward. It may be time to try somebody else out at the left guard position. That’s right Rory, I said it, I am beginning to agree with you about Nix.
K-Sebastian Janikowski is clearly dealing with some type of injury that is hampering his ability to be accurate. First of all, his first kick off didn’t even make it to the goal line, which is unlike him. Then, he missed a chip shot 35-yard field goal. For those Raiders fans who blame P-Marquette King for a botched hold, review the tape. The hold was good. Janikowski once again pushed it to the left. Luckily, he made the next four field goals and led the team in scoring. Although I’m sure we will be able to count on Janikowski going forward, the offense is going to need to make more touchdowns if we are going to win the big games.
In my opinion, a win is a win. I don’t care who the Oakland Raiders are playing, a win is a good thing. This game will give the team some much-needed confidence moving forward, and it will also provide the team with film of the areas that need improvement. The Raiders will be headed to Denver, Colorado, to take on the leading offense in the NFL currently, and they will need to shore up their passing defense in order to force Peyton Manning to make mistakes. This is a tough task for any team. I have faith that the run defense will continue to hold running backs to very little yardage, but there must be better passing defense if this team is going to have a chance to beat the Broncos.